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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tobago
Favorite Quote:
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

Birthplace

Born:
6/28/1958
Birth Location:
Scarborough,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tobago
Favorite Quote:
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

Birthplace

Born:
6/28/1958
Birth Location:
Scarborough
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Biography

Physicist Philip W. Phillips was born in Scarborough, Tobago in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Phillips’ family migrated to the United States when he was ten years old. After graduating with his B.A. degree in chemistry and mathematics from Walla Walla College in 1979, Phillips enrolled in the University of Washington where he served as a graduate research assistant in theoretical chemistry and received his Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics in 1982. Upon graduation, Phillips was awarded a Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship to study at the University of California at Berkeley from 1981 to 1984.

Phillips then worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1993 when he joined the faculty of the department of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1998, Phillips was appointed a Beckman Associate in the Center for Advanced Study. After being promoted to full professor and receiving tenure in 2004, Phillips went on to serve as the University Scholar and was named the Bliss Faculty Scholar in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a theoretical condensed matter physicist, Phillips studies quantum phase transitions and strongly correlated electrons. In particular, he focused on novel metallic phases in two dimensions and high-temperature superconductivity. Phillips research has been published in academic journals such as Physics Review Letters and Europhysics Letters. In addition, he authored a graduate-level textbook titled, Advanced Solid State Physics (2002).

Phillips served as the American Physical Society (APS) general councilor from 2000 to 2002 and as executive councilor from 2002 to 2004. He also served on the APS Committee on Committees from 2002 to 2004. Phillips was appointed to serve on the nanotechnology panel for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 1999. He also served on the “Frontiers of Science” organizing committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) from 1998 to 1999. He was honored as the Edward A. Bouchet Lecturer for the APS in 2000. Phillips was elected as a Fellow of the APS in 2002, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012.

Phillip Phillips was interviewed byThe HistoryMakers on June 7, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Philip Phillips' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Philip Phillips lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Philip Phillips describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Philip Phillips reflects upon the history of slavery in Tobago and its present effects
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Philip Phillips talks about his mother's parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Philip Phillips describes his mother's childhood in Tobago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Philip Phillips talks about his grandmother's and mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Phillip Phillips describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Philip Phillips talks about his father's extended family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Phillip Phillips talks about his father's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Philip Phillips talks about his parents, siblings, and the family's moves to Trinidad and the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Philip Phillips describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Philip Phillips describes the sights, sound, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Philip Phillips describes Tobago and how it has changed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Philip Phillips talks about his family's move to the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Philip Phillips talks about his father's affiliation with the Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Philip Phillips describes his family's move to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Philip Phillips talks about the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Philip Phillips describes going to school in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Philip Phillips recalls the black leaders he learned about in his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Philip Phillips talks about the move to Walla Walla, Washington and living in a town with few minorities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Philip Phillips describes his high school and his childhood friends in Walla Walla, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Philip Phillips talks about growing up in Walla Walla, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Philip Phillips talks about evolution, philosophy, and being raised as a Seventh Day Adventist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Philip Phillips describes his grades in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Philip Phillips describes his years at Walla Walla College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Philip Phillips talks about moving out of his parent's house
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Philip Phillips describes his decision to become a theoretical scientist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Philip Phillips talks about the teachers that influenced him at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Philip Phillips talks about his doctoral dissertation and the decision to change fields
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Philip Phillips talks about receiving the Miller Fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Philip Phillips describes critical phenomena pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Philip Phillips describes critical phenomena pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Philip Phillips talks about his post-doctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Philip Phillips describes his work on Anderson localization
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Philip Phillips talks about being a chemistry professor and doing physics research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Philip Phillips describes his firing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his hiring at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Philip Phillips describes his research on Mottness pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Philip Phillips describes his research on Mottness pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Philip Phillips talks about changing his research focus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Philip Phillips talks about the physics program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Philip Phillips describes organizing the first scientific conference in Tobago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Philip Phillips talks about his research and teaching
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Philip Phillips talks about his mentoring of graduate students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Philip Phillips talks about first scientific conference in Tobago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Philip Phillips talks about his honors and awards and the legacy of Edward A. Bouchet
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Philip Phillips reflects on his life's decisions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Philip Phillips discusses religion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Philip Phillips reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Philip Phillips describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Philip Phillips talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Philip Phillips reflects on his life's decisions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Philip Phillips talks about how he would like to be remembered